"The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win
and their participants know it. Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but
reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional
catharsis, but it must be followed by a sense of futility."
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
(1929-1968), US civil rights leader
The Trumpet of Conscience
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A great example of acting from your heart and not your head.
 -- Waffler, Smith, Arkansas     
    Violence merely justifies more oppression from the State. Boycotting has done more to liberate a people than violence. We must be prepared to fight, but we can do more first. Hold on to your guns as a LAST resort. Bombing government buildings doesn't help -- the government merely responds with more domestic military. Stop feeding the beast.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Archer is right on. We also feed the beast with our fear that is promoted by propaganda and lies. Military and corporate power is running our country and we just sit back and allow it to happen. We need to change the rights of military personnel which would allow them also the right to be a conscientious objector.
     -- RobertSRQ     
    A lot said here. The mentality of the early rioters is visited upon their children and a lot of hate and anger remains, inhibiting struggling communities.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
     -- Paula, Grand Rapids, MI      
    Riot is never effective. Armed revolt is sometimes effective. Conversion to ones point of view from moral authority is often effective. When people call different societies morally equivalent when they obviously are not, they obscure and damage their own moral authority and that third nonviolent option. All societies, religions, philosophies, and beliefs are not equivalent and do not have the same moral authority. Indeed, some are pure evil.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
    Guess it is easy to see why he was killed.
     -- warren, olathe     
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